Reginald St. Pierre Parry

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Vice-Admiral Reginald St. Pierre Parry, D.S.O., M.V.O., Royal Navy, Retired (29 June, 1879 – 17 July, 1939) was an officer in the Royal Navy. By our count, his command of a succession of 27 vessels makes him the most accomplished seagoing commander of the era.

Life & Career

Parry was the son of Lieutenant Colonel R. C. Parry.

Parry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1901.[1]

Beginning with an appointment in command of Cynthia on 24 July, 1905, Parry proceeded to command four further destroyers over the next forty months. Upon being discharged from the last, Teviot on 22 March, 1910, he was appointed to the battleship Russell.[2]

Parry married Violet Beatrice Weymouth on 16 February, 1911 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Valetta, Malta. He was re-appointed in Russell as first officer on 1 August, 1911.[3]

Parry was appointed in command of the destroyer Staunch on 3 December, 1912.[4]

Parry was appointed in command of the destroyer Lynx on 16 December, 1913[5] and was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1913.[6]

The Great War

Despite being in command of twelve separate ships during the War, Parry missed the Battle of Jutland.

Post-War

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1919.[7] Parry was appointed in command of the battleship Neptune on 8 August, 1920.[8]

In October 1921, he was appointed in command of Lion.

In July 1922, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Caradoc. He was superseded on 20 August, 1924. In October, he began a Senior Officer's Technical Course in Portsmouth.[9]

After Parry had commanded over 25 different ships, a memo from the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth Station, Admiral Keyes dated 20 March, 1930 recommended that neither he nor Ernest William Leir should be retained for employment at flag rank.[10]

Parry was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 7 April, 1931 and was placed on the Retired List the next day.[11]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 January, 1936.[12]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Admiral St. P. Parry" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 19 July, 1939. Issue 48361, col C, p. 16.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Norman H. Carter
Captain of H.M.S. Cynthia
24 Jul, 1905[13] – Sep, 1905[14]
Succeeded by
Henry R. Heathcote
Preceded by
Morris E. Cochrane
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
19 Sep, 1905[15][16]
Succeeded by
Albert M. H. Phillips
Preceded by
Albert M. H. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. Crane
10 Jan, 1906[17] – 28 May, 1906[18]
Succeeded by
Henry F. D. Jelf
Preceded by
Lionel J. G. Anderson
Captain of H.M.S. Vulture
28 May, 1906[19] – 24 Jan, 1908[20]
Succeeded by
Hugh T. Prichard
Preceded by
Hubert S. Cardale
Captain of H.M.S. Teviot
24 Jan, 1908[21] – 22 Mar, 1910[22]
Succeeded by
Wilfred A. Thompson
Preceded by
Frederick H. Hallowes
Captain of H.M.S. Astræa
19 Sep, 1912[23] – 3 Dec, 1912[24]
Succeeded by
Alfred C. Sykes
Preceded by
Hubert E. Gore-Langton
Captain of H.M.S. Staunch
3 Dec, 1912[25][26] – 16 Dec, 1913[27]
Succeeded by
Claude L. Bate
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Lynx
16 Dec, 1913[28][29] – 12 Jan, 1915[30]
Succeeded by
John F. H. Cole
Preceded by
Charles F. Thorp
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
20 Mar, 1915[31] – 7 May, 1915[32]
Succeeded by
Douglas L. Dent
Preceded by
Harold O. Reinold
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
7 May, 1915[33] – 15 May, 1915[34]
Succeeded by
Charles T. Gervers
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Medea
15 May, 1915[35][36] – 6 Dec, 1915[37]
Succeeded by
George L. D. Gibbs
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Magic
6 Dec, 1915[38] – mid Dec, 1915[39]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Wynter
Preceded by
Gerald C. Wynter
Captain of H.M.S. Nemesis
c. mid Dec, 1915[40] – 27 Jan, 1916[41]
Succeeded by
Richard L. Hamer
Preceded by
Ernest W. Kirkby
Captain of H.M.S. Cameleon
27 Jan, 1916[42] – 29 Mar, 1916[43]
Succeeded by
Hugh T. Prichard
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Nestor
29 Mar, 1916[44] – Apr, 1916[45]
Succeeded by
E. B. S. Bingham
Preceded by
The Hon. Edward B. S. Bingham
Captain of H.M.S. Hornet
Apr, 1916[46][47] – 11 Jun, 1917[48]
Succeeded by
George C. H. Lawson
Preceded by
Walter C. Clark-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Plover
11 Jun, 1917[49] – 19 Jul, 1917[50]
Succeeded by
Reginald B. C. Hutchinson
Preceded by
Harold E. Sulivan
Captain of H.M.S. Kempenfelt
19 Jul, 1917[51][52] – 27 Feb, 1918[53]
Succeeded by
Edmond A. B. Stanley
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Whirlwind
27 Feb, 1918[54][55] – 20 Feb, 1919[56]
Succeeded by
Brian C. Gourley
Preceded by
Rafe G. Rowley-Conwy
Captain of H.M.S. Parker
12 Mar, 1919[57] – 7 Jul, 1919[58]
Succeeded by
Claud F. Allsup
Preceded by
Casper B. Ballard
Captain of H.M.S. Neptune
8 Aug, 1920[59][60] – 14 Apr, 1921[61]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John D. Kelly
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Royal
14 Apr, 1921[62] – 1 Jul, 1921[63]
Succeeded by
Hartley R. G. Moore
Preceded by
Ralph Eliot
Captain of H.M.S. Hercules
1 Jul, 1921[64] – Oct, 1921[65]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Arthur L. Gresson
Captain of H.M.S. Lion
Oct, 1921[66] – Jun, 1922[67]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Guy P. Bigg-Wither
Captain of H.M.S. Caradoc
25 Jul, 1922[68] – 20 Aug, 1924[69]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. Hamilton
Preceded by
Ernest W. Leir
Captain of H.M.S. Triad
17 Dec, 1925[70] – 28 Jan, 1928[71]
Succeeded by
Hector Boyes
Preceded by
Ernest W. Leir
Senior Officer, Persian Gulf
17 Dec, 1925[72] – 28 Jan, 1928[73]
Succeeded by
Hector Boyes
Preceded by
Alfred H. Norman
Captain of Portsmouth Dockyard
3 Dec, 1928[74] – 18 Jan, 1931[75]
Succeeded by
Edward B. Cloete
Preceded by
Charles G. Stuart
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
18 Feb, 1931[76] – 7 Apr, 1931[77][Inference]
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Lecky

Footnotes

  1. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  2. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  3. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 378.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 342.
  6. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  7. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  8. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 20 July, 1920. Issue 42467, col F, p. 21.
  9. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  10. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91. Memo enclosed at f. 39.
  11. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  12. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  13. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  14. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  15. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 313-15.
  16. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  17. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  18. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  19. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  20. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  21. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  22. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  23. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  24. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  25. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 377.
  26. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  27. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 352.
  29. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  30. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  31. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  32. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  33. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  34. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  35. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396.
  36. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  37. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  38. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  39. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  40. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  41. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  42. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  43. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  44. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  45. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
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  48. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
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  50. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  51. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394v.
  52. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  53. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  54. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 943.
  55. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  56. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  57. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  58. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  59. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 20 July, 1920. Issue 42467, col F, p. 21.
  60. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
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  64. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 34.
  65. Parry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91. f. 39.
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